Author’s Note: This blog post is the result of a conversation between Jason Pyles and MPW listener Dino Ticinelli on Movie Podcast Weekly, Episode 217. The “verdict” below does not necessarily reflect any of Dino’s feelings; instead, these sentiments solely belong to Jason. Nevertheless, Dino’s suggestions significantly influenced and inspired the creation of “Uncle Oscar’s Tailgate Party” and its underpinnings. Thank you, Dino. -Jason Pyles
1. All *movie submissions will be accepted. (*Non-movie submissions that are television shows or other segmented series will not be considered for MPW’s Top 10 movies lists.)
2. The year of release will be determined by the first date that a film becomes widely available to a U.S. audience (theatrical release, online streaming, physical purchase or rental).
3. The following are examples that do not constitute a “wide release” and will be disregarded: premier dates, film festival screening dates, limited theater releases, foreign (non-U.S.) releases, and any other system for determining year of release.
4. The Internet Movie Database’s “Release Info” page will be the primary source for determining dates of widespread U.S. release.
(Ex. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3460252/releaseinfo) If IMDb.com proves to be an inconclusive source, the three backup resources are Wikipedia.org, Movie Insider.com and Amazon.com.
*** 5. The most crucial, linchpin point to this system is the “historical context” of the reality of the viewer actually first seeing the new release film during the year in question. (Thus, the Top 10 list truly becomes personal and subjective because it consists of films the viewer literally saw during that year.)
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“UNCLE OSCAR’S TAILGATE PARTY,” a new annual tradition:
Six days prior to each year’s Academy Awards ceremony, MPW will record “Uncle Oscar’s Tailgate Party,” a new annual episode whose purpose is to help us ramp up to the Academy Awards and to enable MPW to provide more “historical context” for which peer films are competing for the previous year’s awards.
During Uncle Oscar’s Tailgate Party, we will:
– Briefly review our end-of-the-year Top 10 lists
– Provide “historical context” by discussing the major, “filmic horse races” of the year, comparing the awards-contention films with those on our Top 10 lists.
– Declare which films we think should win the biggest awards (Best Picture / Director / Actress / Actor etc.), and our picks do not have to be nominees
– Predict which films will actually win the biggest awards (Best Picture / Director / Actress / Actor etc.)
– Invite Dino Ticinelli to join us annually to participate in these episodes
And each year the following week’s MPW episode will bring you our reviews and coverage of the Academy Awards ceremony and its results.
Jason Pyles, host
Movie Podcast Weekly